Nizamabad (Telangana): Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MP and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha filed nomination papers to contest from Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency on Friday. Along with Kavitha, as many as 40 farmers from Nizamabad also filed their nomination citing the alleged failure of the TRS in providing minimum support price for turmeric and red jowar (sorghum) producers.
A farmer who came to file nomination said, “Kavitha was our representative but nothing was done for the farmers in the state. That’s why we have decided to file nomination against her. Around 1000 farmers will file nomination in the coming days. Farmers are facing a lot of problems in the state. Nobody from the state or central government came to help us. Even the regional political parties aren’t paying attention to our issues.” “The basic price for turmeric is too less. We have requested the central government several times to help us, but no one paid any attention,” added another farmer.
However, Kavitha, the sitting MP from Nizamabad, said she had raised farmers’ woes multiple times before the Opposition, but her pleas fell on deaf ears. “I’ve raised the issues of farmers multiple times in the Parliament. The main opposition party, Congress, wasn’t interested in giving any solution to demands to increase the MSP and that’s the reason why farmers are filing nomination and raising the issue on a national level. I suggest all farmers file their nominations against Prime Minister Modi in Varanasi and Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. I think after that, they may realise the hardships of the farmers and at least think about farmers’ welfare,” she added. Telangana will go to polls on April 11, and counting of votes will take place on May 23.